|Name||John N. Dalton|
Emporia, Virginia , United States
|| July 11, 1931
|Died||July 30, 1986
|Contributor||Not in Public Domain|
Aug 22, 2015 02:37am
Caucasian - Moderate-to-Conservative - Married - Cancer -
|Info||JOHN NICHOLS DALTON was born in Emporia, Virginia, on July 11, 1931. He received an A.B. degree from the College of William and Mary in 1953 and a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1957, following service in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant. Dalton was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1965. He was reelected three times, and in 1972 was elected to the state senate. Governor Dalton was elected lieutenant governor in 1973. Elected Governor of Virginia in 1977, Dalton chaired the Republican Governors Association and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association, the Council of State Governments, the Southern Growth Policies Board, and the Education Commission of the States. He was the 1979 state chairman of the Coastal Plains Regional Commission and 1979 vice president of the Council of State Governments. He served on the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Southern States Energy Board and the Southern Regional Education Board. Governor Dalton emphasized improving state government's performance while curbing its growth. He promoted economic development and settled the federal lawsuit requiring desegregation of Virginia's public colleges and universities. Governor Dalton passed away in 1986. |
As only the third Republican Governor of the Commonwealth in the twentieth century, Governor John Nichols Dalton helped solidify true two-party politics in Virginia. He was the adopted son of Virginia's original "Mr. Republican," Ted Dalton, and became the standard-bearer for his party as a member of both the House of Delegates and the State Senate, followed by his election as Lieutenant Governor. Dalton's commitment to limiting the growth of state government and promoting Virginia's right-to-work laws anticipated the Ronald Reagan phenomenon that swept the country in the early 1980s.
John N. Dalton is the man who led the Commonwealth through a political era in transition, uniting the Republican Party and setting the stage for a strong two-party system that endures today.